Better Teaching Transforms Afghanistan's Public Universities

Originally published by The World Bank and reprinted with permission.

In the last decade, 36 public universities have been set up or re-established in Afghanistan. However, while the physical infrastructure has been in place, many lecturers have continued to follow traditional teaching methods. As a result, rote teaching tended to take precedence over critical and analytical thinking, limiting student progress.

"I' have been a lecturer for 10 years now," says Chaman Ali Hekmat, lecturer of English literature at Bamyan University. "Our traditional teaching method and lectures were teacher centered with us dictating lessons to students. We had less class activities and student learning rates were low." Read more.